Local Experiences Make Unforgettable Stays

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Experience the unique character of downtown Tacoma with its eclectic shops and eateries, live theater, museums and more. To enjoy easy access to pedestrian-friendly streets, vibrant parks and historic buildings, stay nearby at our hotel near downtown Tacoma, Red Lion Hotel. Explore the top things to do in downtown Tacoma below.

Museum Row

One of the best things to do in Tacoma is visit Museum Row, home to must-see museums like the Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State History Museum, Children’s Museum and the newest addition, LeMay – America’s Car Museum.


There's so much to be said about dining options in downtown Tacoma, from some of the best coffee and tea houses in the city to fine dining cuisines like Mexican, Chinese, and more. Explore dining options in the downtown area here.


Get a haircut or a massage at one of downtown's various salons or spas, scope out quirky antique shops, pick up a vintage item or check out local art galleries along the very walkable streets of downtown Tacoma. Browse shops here.

Union Station Historic District

Situated along Pacific Avenue, this neighborhood offers some of the best examples of Tacoma’s historic architecture. Here is where you'll also find great shopping, dining and nightlife. Union Station features an ornate chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly, as well as a remarkable restoration of the building, which is now occupied by the city's federal court house.

Opera Alley

One of Downtown’s oldest areas, Opera Alley comprises a collection of gorgeously restored buildings. Anchored by a café, a yarn shop and an interior décor shop, the area offers many other retail shops. Take a walk along St. Helen’s, north of 9th, and head back in time to a richer era.

Historic Pacific

Perched on a dramatic bluff above Commencement Bay, Tacoma’s Historic Pacific District embodies the city’s political, economic, and cultural past in historic architecture with places such as Old City Hall, the Northern Pacific Building, and Fireman’s Park.